Mobile broadband is high-speed wireless Internet access on your iPad, mobile phone, laptop, desktop or a tablet.
It is convenient, portable and fast; allowing you to connect wirelessly to the internet wherever you go. You can surf the Internet, watch YouTube videos, download music, video chat with friends and family, shop online, play online games and lot more - all without waiting.
3G (third Generation) is one technology used for mobile broadband, it offers data transfer speeds of up to 21 Mbps, with typical speeds of 2 - 3 Mbps.
4G (fourth Generation) is successor to 3G technology, offering data transfer speeds of up to 100 Mbps, but typical speeds will be in the range of 12 - 15 Mbps.
You can connect to the Internet using mobile broadband in the following ways:
A USB Modem/Dongle/Stick that connects straight into your laptop
A Mobile WiFi Modem that can connect upto 5 WiFi capable devices at once
A 3G SIM that inserts straight into your laptop, iPad or tablet
The following carriers provide 3G/4G service in India:
|AIRCEL||AIRTEL||BSNL / MTNL||IDEA||RELIANCE||TATA DOCOMO||VODAFONE|
|Madhya Pradesh - Chhattisgarh||3G||3G||3G||3G|
|Maharashtra - Goa||3G||3G||3G||3G|
|Uttar Pradesh (East)||3G||3G||3G||3G|
|Uttar Pradesh (West)||3G||3G||3G||3G|
Choosing a data plan just right for you can be confusing, but follow these simple steps before you sign-up and you will be protected from the burden of huge data usage bills:
|1. Coverage||2. Data||3. Speed||4. Price|
|Find out the which carriers/service providers provide the best 3G network coverage in your area (Home/Office).||Figure out how much data you think you'll use. 2 GB per month is magic cut-off for most people. Try out a data calculator to estimate your usage.||Decide on the data connection speed* you want when you connect to the internet. Speed of 3.6 Mbps is a good way to start.||Last and the most important thing to consider is the price. Fix your monthly spend/budget for your 3G mobile broadband usage.|
*Actual internet speed depends on several factors - mobile broadband device, network coverage in the area, network traffic, the number of people nearby using the service at the same time, whether you're on the move etc.
Once you have short listed the 3G services providers, figured out how much data you need, decided on the speed you want to connect and your budget, then simply compare all the 3G data plans based on these criterias and get the plan that is just right for you.
Email (Messages received/sent per day)
Facebook (Minutes sent per day)
Web-surfing (Minutes sent per day)
YouTube (Minutes sent per day)
Music (Minutes sent per day)
Skype Call (Minutes sent per day)
*The data figures above are examples of typical use and based on the following assumptions:
1 Email (Plain Text) = 35 KB
1 Minute of Facebook = 1 MB
1 Minute of Web-surfing = 2.5 MB
1 Minute of streaming YouTube (480p) = 4 MB
1 Minute of streaming music = 1 MB
1 Minute of Skype Call = 360 KB
Bit = b
Byte = B
Megabit = Mb
Megabyte = MB
1 MB = 1024 KB
1 GB = 1024 MB
The iCompare.in website is a great place to start to compare all mobile broadband plans in India. It saves you from the hassle of finding out who are the 3g service providers in your circle and then painstakingly gathering all the data across various service provider websites. The 3g data plan comparison website is simple to use, offers a rich user experience with ability to sort and filter all 3G data plans as per your needs, provides comprehensive information and is completely independent.